Pyaar Hua, Ikraar Hua

Like I mentioned before, there are no guides at Avani, so everything I write is either from connecting the dots or Google. I went with a lovely friend so it was a fun day-long picnic. There are loads of ruins in Karnataka, and the sculptures are full of mystical and mythical creatures. When I saw…

Chamma Chamma

I hate to admit, but I have two left feet (before you accuse me of witchcraft, it means I can’t dance… True story, someone actually looked at my feet when I said it to them!). So much is my fear of embarrassment, that I am morbidly scared to groove to the music and my feet…

Dancing the Night Away

In Tamil mythology, Nataraja is the cosmic ecstatic dancer form of Shiva. The dance form is either referred to as Tandavamor Nadanta, based on the context of the dance. Narataja (which means the lord of dance) is usually performing nadanta inside a ring of fire, which standsfor the recurring cycle of death and rebirth and…

Navagraha Puja

The Navagrahas are the “nine celestial bodies”, which include the nine astronomical bodies and the mythical Hindu deities. These are the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn, and the ascending (Rahu) and descending (Ketu) lunar nodes (which appear as Shadow Planets during the solar and lunar esclipse respectively).

Weight Of The World

Feels like the weight of the world Like God in heaven gave me a turn Don’t cling to me, I swear I can’t fix you Still in the dark, can you fix me? Freefall, freefall, all through life If you love me, then let go of me I won’t be held down by who I…

Gallop Away…

The horse, with beauty unsurpassed, strength immeasurable and grace unlike any other, still remains humble enough to carry a man upon his back. ~Amber Senti

Krishna’s Dilemma

Karna and Arjuna, the battle between two half brothers is a focal point in the Kurukshtra war. Both were master archers. Karna was the son of Surya (Sun God) and Arjuna was the son of Indra (Rain God). There were many instances when they both faced similar circumstances. Both competed for Draupadi’s hand. Both also…

Smile

Smile, though your heart is aching Smile, even though it’s breaking When there are clouds in the sky You’ll get by If you smile With your fear and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow You’ll find that life is still worthwhile If you just smile… Light up your face with gladness Hide every trace of sadness…

Love Ain’t Easy

This classic sculpture of Shiva and Parvathi shows us how love is hard work. As the Lord lifts his wife to life and love, he’s struggling to keep his balance and breath. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea!

Sibling Rivalry

Karna and Arjuna were¬†the most prolific archers in battle. Both had access to several Divyaastra (devine arrows) including Brahmastra, Naga astra and others, which could destroy the whole universe. Both were biological brothers, but fate pit them against each other. This epic sculpture shows the two warriors in action in the Mahabharata battle that lasted…